Licensing (Activities) Sub-Committee – 21 November 2013
PRESENT: Councillors Armitage, Glover and Wells.
The sub-committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
1141 CHAIRMAN – Resolved – That Councillor Wells be and he is hereby appointed chairman for the meeting.
Councillor Wells thereupon took the chair.
1142 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS, PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND SIGNIFICANT CONTACT WITH APPLICANTS, OBJECTORS OR THIRD PARTIES (LOBBYING) – There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests.
1143 (19) LICENSING ACT 2003 – APPLICATION FOR REVIEW OF A PREMISES LICENCE, PRIORY NEWS, 72A PRIORY LANE, SCUNTHORPE, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – The Director of Places submitted a report advising members of an application for review of a premises licence for Priory News, 72a Priory Lane, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.
Details of the application were outlined in the report.
The Director in his report reminded the sub-committee that the options available to it under the Licensing Act 2003 when considering such applications were:
- To modify the conditions of the licence;
- To exclude a licensable activity from the scope of the licence;
- To remove the designated premises supervisor;
- To suspend the licence for a period not exceeding three months;
- To revoke the licence.
There was no request to vary the procedure for the hearing. The applicant for the review, the Premises Licence Holder and his representative, each addressed the sub-committee in accordance with the agreed procedure, responding to questions from members. The meeting was adjourned for deliberation by members and then reconvened when the decision of the sub-committee was stated as follows: –
Resolved – The sub-committee agreed the following resolution.
“The decision of the sub-committee is to take no further action on this occasion. The sub-committee would however like to state that there are grave concerns with the activities that are reported today in the premises, but feels that the evidence does not substantiate a serious penalty such as revocation of the licence at this time.
The sub-committee commends Mr Bathia’s efforts with regard to his drug use. However, the sub-committee would note that any further investigations which may be brought back before members may result in a serious penalty”.